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Freetown Village Dinner Theatre this Thursday


This just in from Freetown Village concerning a special performance this Thursday evening...


Indianapolis, Indiana — (September 14, 2009) — In conjunction with Indiana Freedom Trails, Freetown Village Dinner Theatre Troupe proudly presents A Matter of Justice, a historical account and reenactment of milestone events affecting early Indianapolis citizens.

The presentation will take place at the Hilton Indianapolis North located at 8181 North Shadeland Avenue on Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. as part of Indiana Freedom Trails National Underground Railroad Summit, which runs from Sep. 16-19.

John Freeman had lived as a free man for nearly ten years before he was arrested in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1853 and accused by a white slaveholder of being the runaway slave from Kentucky. Freeman, a businessman, owned land on Pennsylvania Street and a restaurant on the corner of Meridian and Washington Streets. He was the wealthiest black man in Indianapolis.

In the play, Freetown Village school teacher, Matilda Addison, recounts how Freeman fell victim to the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, and recreates the cases of Freeman vs. Ellington and Freeman vs. Robinson in which a black man filed suit against his white accusers.

Witness and experience the hope of Freetown Village residents as they consider from a living history perspective the passing of the 15th Amendment, which allowed black men the right to vote, and their excitement over four black men being the first serve on a jury in Indianapolis.

"We are very proud to be able to present this power performance again," says Ophelia Wellington, Founding Director of Freetown Village. "It was originally written and produced in cooperation with the Indiana Courts in the Classroom and the Indiana Supreme Court. It is a perfect match to be a part of the Indiana Freedom Trails Conference where people from all over the country will learn about how Indianapolis citizens came together for a just cause."

The cost of the play is included in the conference registration fee; however, the Freetown Village Dinner Theater is open to the public and conference registration is not required in order to attend. Tickets are $45.

For more information on the conference or the Freetown Village Dinner, contact Indiana Freedom Trails at


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